Out of the Mouths of Babes - Trent's Team

Hello again readers!

These are some of the kids from the preschool that Kelly and I have been helping out at. We helped 2 days this past week. They are so energetic and joyful and the imaginations they have are astonishing! Featured in the pictures is a Star Wars ninja fight, where any water is death to their enemies & monsters(me,) and they have reviving powers and all sorts of crazy skills.

It’s crazy the things kids talk about sometimes. One of our topics at lunch, which can literally go anywhere, was sharing with others. But they were asking, can we share our eyes with so and so, or our ears, or heads, or hearts? And so on. Some of these things you don’t wanna share because then you would be dead, but we didn’t really explain that too deeply to them as they were just being silly. Then one of them asked if we can share our hearts with Jesus, and then instead of putting their friends names in where they could share things with, they started asking if they could share everything with Jesus. It was so cute but at the same time really made me think. These preschoolers have got it! Why not share our hands with Jesus, or have our eyes look through His tinting, or let Him in our hearts? These are just some questions that they prompted in me just because of their matter of fact way of asking, “why not?”

I know we all know this, but it was so refreshing to have it brought up by kids.

“…You have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to infants…” Luke 10:21

How much does our Father reveal to kids that we don’t wanna take, just because they’re kids?

This past weekend we also had family visit. It was a good time, just getting to know each other’s family and where we came from some more.

Anyway those are some thoughts from this week. Hope you enjoy!

-Amy

Hello Everyone!! - Autumn Stevens

Hello Everyone!!

     Believe it or not, I do miss all of you and I'm excited that I get the chance to post a little update about what's happening out here at Ellerslie :) I've already learned so much in these past five weeks, every minute here is purposefully used to study, read, pray, learn, or share sweet fellowship with other students. Our homework assignments are great for teaching us how to focus on priorities and manage our time wisely. This past week I've been trying to remember that regardless of my list of "to do's" for the day, pursuing the presence of Jesus first is more important. If I put Him first in my day He gives me the grace to accomplish whatever other assignments need finished. Making Jesus the focus of all my thoughts and activities is a faltering, new habit that I want to make my lifestyle. 

      I've been trying to think of how to describe our schedule without making it confusing, let's see.......Oh, I've got just the thing! I'll include a picture so if you're interested in seeing how our days are spent, you can read till all your curiosity is satisfied :) 

      I was also wanting to share a least piece of something interesting we're learning, if I could share the whole pie I would, but that would take more time than either you or I have. For each session we're assigned to write a brief recap, I'll share one of mine from a session titled "Overcoming Sin":

      This class was taught from II Kings 18-19 and the story of King Hezekiah defying Sennacherib, the great King of Assyria. Eric was our teacher for this session and shared with us the power of God to overcome the power of sin in our lives. As weak, helpless sinners we are kept in bondage to sin by our own fear and unbelief in the Saviour's power. Yet, when we cry out to Jesus, just as Hezekiah cried out to Jehovah, our enemies are slain by the Lord who works powerfully on our behalf. There was one verse from this story that was so awe inspiring, II Kings 19:35 "And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the LORD went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning there were the corpses-all dead." That same God, in all of His terrible power, has destroyed the power of sin in my life just as he wiped out the army of Sennacherib King of Assyria. Praise the Lord!

        This session was a great encouragement from the Old Testament displaying the awesome power of God. Hearing the story of Hezekiah is exciting! I love the way that Scripture says he took the letter from Sennacherib and spread it before the Lord. In total desperation and utter lack of resources, Hezekiah turned to the Lord, pouring out all of his troubles before Him, and God answered Hezekiah in a supernatural, miraculous way. God has done the same on my behalf, through His Son He has totally wiped out the power the Enemy once held over me. I have been declared free from the power of sin and death. I am a new creation in Christ, set free from bondages and fear. Praise God! -Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

           To wrap this up I'd like to give just a couple prayer requests:

1. Please pray that I would continue to walk in the victory through the grace given to me through Christ. Specifically that all of my thought habits, and daily activities would be totally centered on Christ and glorifying to Him. 

2. Join me in praying for Caleb, Harlee, and David, they've really been on my heart. I so want for them to find victory. 

Well, I think that's plenty for now. I hope everyone is doing well back at home. Thank you so much for your prayers! 

Blessings, Autumn

Jenna took this picture of the sunrise, they're beautiful out here! 

Jenna took this picture of the sunrise, they're beautiful out here! 

This is my room mate Patricia Mullet. 

This is my room mate Patricia Mullet. 

Small Things Matter - Trent's Team

Hello people who are reading this,

This week was once again a growing week for me as well as just realizing the importance of being where I am. On Tuesday I had to lead worship for the other team we work with; this was probably the first time I’ve actually had to lead completely and it was really awesome! Then on Wednesday, I had to lead worship for the youth group we help out with and I will be leading there in the future, too, so it’s been awesome to get more experience leading worship; even though I don’t always like it, it grows me!

On Thursday nights we have a Bible study at one of our outreach coordinator’s house and last week we discussed the passage about the mustard seed in Matthew 13. We talked about how small things can make a big difference and how important things like reading the Word, praying, and fasting have just become things your supposed to do as a Christian instead of things you actually want to do for personal growth. I’ve realized that doing those things have probably impacted me the most here. In John 15:4 it says, “Remain in me as I also remain in you,” and if I want to remain in Him, I have to remain in His Word and seek Him. That’s something I’m going to take with me my whole life.

Thanks for reading,

-Christian

A Week Outside of Normal - Trent's Team

This week was different for Amy and I. We had to fill in at the church daycare for the week. This consisted of us making breakfast and lunch and putting out the snack. We also went outside (when the weather was cooperating) to play or go on a walk with the kids. It was a great experience and a reminder of what child like faith looks like.

We as a team went ice skating for a friend’s birthday. Our new friend saw the true side of team Montana and we are lucky to say she still calls us friends.

Once a month we have a church service in a town called Elmo. We meet at a community center to have church on Sundays and family fun night every Sunday evening.

We also have our Wednesday bible study here, too.

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Prayer requests:

  • Some of our family members are coming out to visit this week, so prayer for safe travels!
  • Much needed reuniting time!

Thanks for reading!

-Kelly

He Is Faithful - Trent Miller

Hello again! This past week was a pretty normal week for us here. We went to the gym, had prayer in Elmo, and we also had a program at the boys and girls club. I wasn’t too sure how it would be, and if I would like them but I’ve really started to enjoy doing the shows. It’s really a blessing to see how excited the kids get with the whole thing. With these programs we do some dances and then also some feats of strength type stuff with Tribal Waves and Team Extreme.

On Thursday we went around to the different entrances into the reservation and prayed for the res as a whole. It was a really good time for us and I really felt the Father working here. I believe that some big things are going to happen.

Something that happened that wasn’t planned was on Sunday evening when we usually go about 45 minutes north to another YWAM base to play some basketball.  During my game I drove in and went up for a layup and when I came down it was unfortunately on top of someone else foot. Needless to say I sprained my ankle pretty badly. This is now the second time since being here that I’ve had to practice my crutch abilities. As of Tuesday when I’m writing this it has since gone down in swelling and is not as stiff or sore. This morning during our worship time we were singing of the Father’s faithfulness and I just started to pray to the Father that even though I’m on crutches and not able to be as active he is still faithful. He is still good. This may be an inconvenience at this time but it’s nothing that He can’t work through. I trust that He can heal me but even if this lasts for a long time, I’ll still praise Him.

That’s about all for this week. Thank you all for your prayers for us as a team. We really appreciate them all and we do need them.

Thanks for reading!

-Trenton

Planting Seeds - Trent's Team

This past week I had some really cool experiences with taking steps in trusting God and what He's telling me. One story goes like this...

Kelly and I were driving home one afternoon and I decided I wanted to be dropped off at my favorite coffee shop. We drove past the coffee shop and for some reason it was closed, so Kelly suggested taking me to one we hadn't tried, but where our friend was working. So she drops me off there and I go in and am talking to my friend and getting coffee. I was just hanging out there waiting for her to close up when a girl comes in and orders. Obviously that's normal, as this is a cafe, that's what people do. She sits down at the table next to mine and after getting her food, she just sits there staring at it, looking pretty despondent.

I felt like I was to mention something about the weather to her so I did, and that just opened it up for a really personal conversation. She told me some stuff she was going through and I basically just listened the whole time. By the time the shop closed up and she was done sharing, I definitely knew God had a reason for sending me to that cafe. I got to pray for her at the end, but other than that, just listening seemed to be enough. I'm glad that instead of worrying about sounding awkward and not saying anything, that God was able to use me that afternoon. How many times do you feel that prompting to just smile at someone or wish them a good day? Sometimes that's all it takes to plant a seed.

Thanks for your prayers!

-Amy

Tribal Waves - Trent's Team

So this week was probably one of my favorite weeks so far, because we got to do our first Tribal Waves show with the team here. We started practicing our dances about 2 weeks ago and we caught on somewhat well 🙂

But besides that we had our normal outreaches like youth group, Elmo ministries, and sports ministry and then on Friday we headed out for Fort Belnot school which is about 7 hours away, so we had to leave at 4 am to be there in time to set up for he show at 1pm.

Thanks for reading!

Christian

- Trent Miller

Hello again everyone!

First off I would like to apologize for the lack of blogs that have been posted… here’s hoping we will do better in the future. Nothing too crazy has happened since the last post. Things have settled into what will be the new “normal” for us. For the month of December the base here had been shut down as people were on break so things had been a little slower around here. Now we are back at it and going strong. Tuesday’s and Thursday’s the days begin with either intercession or worship and then we head to the gym to either play some basketball, volleyball, or workout. I tend to stay away from the last one. Wednesday we head thirty minutes north to Elmo to pray for the community there and then Sunday evenings we also spend our time there with family night every week. In the evenings on Wednesday we split up and head to different youth groups here in the valley. We’ve started to make some new friends here and they even took us for pizza and also invited to go four wheeling in the snow which was a blast. We also went bowling the one night where I bowled a 141 which is a personal best. Like I said nothing too crazy has happened so I guess I will leave you with some pictures…

Bowling Time.

Bowling Time.

Christian Shoveling Snow.

Christian Shoveling Snow.

Prayer Walking.

Prayer Walking.

Four Wheeling!

Four Wheeling!

Thanks for reading.

- Trent

Showing the Light - Trent's Team

Hey Everyone! Here’s an update from this past week.

Can’t ever have too many pictures of Montana, so here’s another one.

Can’t ever have too many pictures of Montana, so here’s another one.

This is dried fish, raw veggies, cracker bread and Beluga whale.

This is dried fish, raw veggies, cracker bread and Beluga whale.

This is an Alaskan couple who are here visiting their kids. I got to sit and talk with this wise grandma for about an hour. Something I’m learning is the respect our elders do deserve and how much we can learn from them.

This is an Alaskan couple who are here visiting their kids. I got to sit and talk with this wise grandma for about an hour. Something I’m learning is the respect our elders do deserve and how much we can learn from them.

Here’s Christian playing with one of the kids at the gym (one of our outreaches).  Normally kids this age aren’t here but they were having a kids basketball tournament that day. Mostly it’s college age people playing basketball, volleyball, or working out. Our purpose here is to just make friendships and show the Light here in a normal every day place.

Here’s Christian playing with one of the kids at the gym (one of our outreaches).  Normally kids this age aren’t here but they were having a kids basketball tournament that day. Mostly it’s college age people playing basketball, volleyball, or working out. Our purpose here is to just make friendships and show the Light here in a normal every day place.

A story about from at the gym. Me, trying to shoot baskets. Kid laughingly “you suck” me “hahah haha ” kid goes away and I continue to shoot. Kid comes back with brother and continues to laugh at me. Brother says “bet I could do my spin move on you”. Me “ya right” they continue to mock my skills for awhile so I won’t write the rest but it just goes to show… Kids can be jerks. But it so happens they also tell the truth. Rather bluntly.

Thanks for reading!

Keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we continue on here. Pray for :

  • the police force and their safety
  • the leaders of this valley and wisdom
  • this next generation of young Christians and strength and courage

-Amy